Security is no laughing matter 

System down since April 19

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Unfortunately, Sony is not the only company to fall victim to hackers. In December, it was revealed that the Gawker Network had been hacked, which resulted in the theft of 1.5 million user names, email addresses and passwords. While that may not seem like a big deal (who cares if someone uses your identity to log into a blog?), the fact is that most people still use their email address as their user name and the same password for most of their online accounts. Information stolen from one place unlocks doors in another, and pretty soon you have the potential for fraud, identity theft and then outright theft.

If you have a PS3 and you're on the network - it's been down since April 19 was - you'll be prompted to change your password the next time you go online. If you use a common password for other accounts then you should go back and change those passwords as well; that includes email accounts, Facebook accounts, banks, gadgets, website logins, etc. You should also be hyper-aware - depending on who stole your data, you may be a candidate for fraud. Question the source of phone calls, emails and letters, and check your bank and credit card statements regularly.

While this might seem like a pain in the ass, it's a pretty good idea to change your passwords from time-to-time anyway, especially if you're in the habit of using the same numbers and letters for all of your accounts.

So far no real damage has been reported, which is a good thing. Consider this a wake-up call. (For you too, Sony.)


iPad competitors flying off the shelves

Apple's hold on the tablet market is still secure at this point, but there are signs that the competition is gaining steam. For example, the RIM Blackberry Playbook sold 50,000 units on launch day, way higher than estimates, and demand is still high a few weeks later. The Asus Eee Pad Transformer - which runs Android 3.0 and can be purchased with an optional keyboard (and second battery to extend the life to 16 hours) completely sold out online in the U.S. the day they were made available. Sony also announced two tablet models last week, including a unique folding two-screen model.

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